- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- View of Porlock and Porlock Bay
- Pencil, pen and grey and black inks, grey and grey/brown washes
- image height 308mm,
- image length 497mm
- laid paper with a vertical crease mark at the centre, watermarked “PORTAL”
- sheet, verso
- “A View of Porlock Octr 4th 1785 / Somersetshire / from 12 till 2 o clock. Light from the left hand / drawn on the spot by F.Towne”
- in grey ink
- Object Type
- Monochrome wash
Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it passed to Towne’s residuary legatee John Herman Merivale (1779–1844) and his successors. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxofrd, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP196). On 28 January 1937 Judith Merivale sold it to Agnew’s (no.2290) for £30 with FT038, FT039, FT042, FT062, FT287, FT379, where it was bought on 19 April 1938 for £10 by Henry Herbert Harrod (d.1945), who bequeathed it to the present owner, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (E.1487-1948).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1945, E.1487-1948
- Henry Herbert Harrod (1870 - 1945), London, 19 April 1938, GBP 10
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 28 January 1937, GBP 30 , no.2290
With FT038, FT039, FT042, FT062, FT287, FT379
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP196
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP196
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- Exhibition History
- Annual Water Colour Exhibition 1926, The Judge's Lodgings, Winchester, 1926, no. 117
- 65th Annual Exhibition of Water Colour and Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1938, no. 105
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 128
- 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915.
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